Rose Hill Mansion FAQs

How old is the house? Who built it?

The Greek Revival Mansion was built in 1839 by William Kerley Strong. The Visitor Center is Strong’s former carriage barn which was created out of the oldest structure on the property, the c. 1810 house of Robert Rose. The Swan family lived on the property from 1850-1890.

Did slaves live at Rose Hill?

Yes. Until 1827 slavery was legal in New York State. The second resident on the property was Robert Rose, who emigrated from Virginia in 1803 with his extended family and 75 enslaved African-Americans. The Rose house was later relocated and turned into a carriage barn (our Visitor Center), but the Rose kitchen was incorporated into the 1839 Greek Revival mansion. The building which was the slave quarters is no longer standing and was not located on our property.

Can I see the house without a guided tour?

No, the interior of the house may be viewed only by guided tour. During operating hours the Visitor Center exhibits and gift shop are free and open to the public.

Is Rose Hill wheelchair accessible?

Rose Hill Mansion has limited wheelchair access. The Visitor Center is partially accessible and the first floor of the mansion is wheelchair accessible with temporary ramps. We have one wheelchair accessible bathroom on site. Images of the second floor rooms are available for viewing in the Visitor Center. Please call and let us know your needs, if you anticipate difficulties accessing the buildings and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Are the grounds open to the public?

The grounds are open to the public during daylight hours.

Is the house air conditioned?

No, the house is heated, but not air conditioned. It can be very warm inside in hot weather. In addition, despite central heating, the house can be cooler inside than outside, especially in the early summer and late fall.

Is Rose Hill available for weddings?

Yes, the first floor of the mansion, the Carriage House Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and the surrounding grounds are available from May 1 to October 31 for small weddings, business functions, family gatherings, retirement parties, or other occasions.  Please view our Facilities Use Guidelines .  For anyone considering an event at Rose Hill we recommend a site visit.  Contact our Executive Director, Kerry Lippincott at director@genevahistoricalsociety.com or call (315) 789-5151 to schedule an appointment to visit Rose Hill or to discuss rental options.

Is Rose Hill available for wedding photographs?

Yes, various locations around the grounds may be rented for photographs.  Please view our Photo Use Guidelines.    For more information, email info@genevahistoricalsociety.com or call 315-789-3848.

Is Rose Hill a government-owned site?

Rose Hill is owned and operated by the Geneva Historical Society, a private non-profit corporation, which receives some funding from the City and Town of Geneva and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Can you take pictures or video of Rose Hill?

As long as they are for personal and not commercial use, photographs and video can be taken of the house and grounds. Photographs inside the house must be taken without the use of a flash.

Do you take donations/how do you become a member/support Rose Hill Mansion?

Yes. Please see our Support page for more information.

Do you accept credit cards?

We accept Mastercard and Visa.

What are Rose Hill’s safety guidelines?

For their own safety as well as that of other visitors and staff, we are asking visitors to be aware of and adhere to the following guidelines:

Guidelines for all Geneva Historical  Society Properties

-All visitors and staff are required to wear a face covering onsite. If a visitor does not have a face covering, a mask will be provided.   Face coverings must cover the mouth and nose and be worn at all times. The exceptions are children under two years old and those were are medically unable to tolerate a face covering.

-All visitors are strongly encouraged to use hand sanitizer upon entering and leaving any Historical Society property.  Hand sanitizer will be readily available at all Historical Society properties.

-Visitors and staff are encouraged to practice proper respiratory etiquette.

-Groups that arrive together in the same vehicle and/or of the same household group may gather together during their visit to a Historical Society property.

-To help monitor capacity, visiting groups and/or individuals must, whenever possible, maintain a minimum of 6 feet separation from others during a visit to a Historical Society property.

-“High touch” areas will be disinfected frequently throughout the day. These include, but are not limited to door knobs, hand railings and restroom fixtures.

-Visitors are encouraged, but not required, to provide contact information for contact tracing.

-Any visitor experiencing a fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing should postpone their visit.

-For the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers, we may close for health and safety purposes. For up-to-date information, call 315-789-5151 or visit the Historical Society’s web site.

-By visiting a Historical Society property, visitors voluntarily assume all risks to exposure to COVID-19.

Guidelines for Rose Hill Mansion

-Guided tours of the Mansion are not available at this time.

– Beginning May 6, we will offer Outside Rose Hill: An Exploration of Landscape and Architecture. This guided outdoor tour focuses on the grounds and exterior architecture of the 1839 Greek Revival mansion and its surrounding structures. The one-hour tour will be offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays from May 6 to June 26. Beginning in July, Outside Rose Hill will run at 11a.m.  and 2 p.m.  on Thursdays only through October 28. Outside Rose Hill is by reservation only, and tour capacity is limited. Reservations can be made by calling 315-789-3848.

– The grounds are open to the public during daylight hours.

Review the Geneva  Historical Society’s complete re-opening plan here.